Educator Awards

Family Day Care Australia are looking for educators who demonstrate a commitment to ongoing quality improvement, innovation and a commitment to quality care and education based on the core values of family day care.

Educator of the Year

The educator awards recognise up to 75 regional winners from across the country and it will be from these regional winners that four national finalists will be selected.

One national finalist will be selected from each of the following zones:

  • NT/QLD
  • SA/WA

These four national finalists will be invited to the Family Day Care Australia Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Gala Dinner, at which the Educator of the Year will be selected.

Why should I get involved?

The Family Day Care Australia Excellence in Family Day Care Awards are the only national awards dedicated entirely to the family day care sector. Through the awards program we hope to acknowledge and share the touching stories about the amazing bonds shared between family day care educators, services and the families they work with.

In sharing these stories, we will build awareness of the wonderful and vital role that family day care plays in local communities around Australia. The awards will also recognise and honour individual educators, coordinators and services for the amazing contribution they make to the community.

How does the nomination and submission process work?

During the nomination period families, coordinators and services are invited to nominate their educator via a simple online nomination form. Educator’s are advised of their nomination via email and are invited to make a supporting submission about how they meet the selection criteria.

Please note that all nominations and submissions must be made online via this website.

How are the winners selected?

Regional winners and national finalists in each category are selected by an official FDCA selection committee of which the members have extensive experience in the family day care sector.

Once the submission deadline has passed, a number of judging phases take place in the lead up to the announcement of the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards National Winners. Throughout the judging period, the selection committee will review nominations and supporting submissions, and will select regional winners (for educators only), national finalists and a national winner in each award category.

The selection committee will also select winners in the Star Awards categories.

To view more information on the judging process, click here.